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Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI)

Mon, 14th Sep 2015 11:42

RNS Number : 9626Y
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
14 September 2015

FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI)

PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY ("RI") STATUS (OR WHERE RI STATUS IS NOT APPLICABLE)Rule 8.5 of the Takeover Code (the "Code")

1.

KEY INFORMATION

(a)

Name of exempt principal trader:

MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH INCORPORATED

(b)

Name of offeror/offeree in relation to whose relevant securities this form relates:Use a separate form for each offeror/offeree

Royal Dutch Shell PLC

(c)

Name of the party to the offer with which exempt principal trader is connected:

Royal Dutch Shell PLC

(d)

Date position held/dealing undertaken:For an opening position disclosure, state the latest practicable date prior to the disclosure

11/09/2015

(e)

In addition to the company in 1(b) above, is the exempt principal trader making disclosures in respect of any other party to the offer?If it is a cash offer or possible cash offer, state "N/A"

YES

If YES, specify which:

(BG Group PLC)

2.

POSITIONS OF THE EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER

If there are positions or rights to subscribe to disclose in more than one class of relevant securities of the offeror or offeree named in 1(b), copy table 2(a) or (b) (as appropriate) for each additional class of relevant security.

(a)

Interests and short positions in the relevant securities of the offeror or offeree to which the disclosure relates following the dealing (if any)

Class of relevant security:

Common - GB00B03MLX29

Interests

Short Positions

Number

%

Number

%

(1)

Relevant securities owned and/or controlled:

139,008

0.004%

7,214

0%

(2)

Cash-settled derivatives:

0

0%

0

0%

(3)

Stock-settled derivatives (including options) and agreements to purchase/sell:

0

0%

0

0%

TOTAL:

139,008

0.004%

7,214

0%

Class of relevant security:

Common - GB00B03MM408

Interests

Short Positions

Number

%

Number

%

(1)

Relevant securities owned and/or controlled:

0

0%

514

0%

(2)

Cash-settled derivatives:

0

0%

0

0%

(3)

Stock-settled derivatives (including options) and agreements to purchase/sell:

0

0%

0

0%

TOTAL:

0

0%

514

0%

All interests and all short positions should be disclosed. Details of any open stock-settled derivative positions (including traded options), or agreements to purchase or sell relevant securities, should be given on a Supplemental Form 8 (Open Positions).

(b)

Rights to subscribe for new securities (including directors' and other employee options)

Class of relevant security in relation to which subscription right exists:

N/A

Details, including nature of the rights concerned and relevant percentages:

N/A

3.

DEALINGS (IF ANY) BY THE EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER

Where there have been dealings in more than one class of relevant securities of the offeror or offeree named in 1(b), copy table 3(a), (b), (c) or (d) (as appropriate) for each additional class of relevant security dealt in. The currency of all prices and other monetary amounts should be stated.

(a)

Purchases and sales

Class of relevant security

Purchases/ sales

Total number of securities

Highest price per unit paid/received

Lowest price per unit paid/received

ADR - ISIN US7802591070

Purchase

256

50.26 USD

50.01 USD

ADR - ISIN US7802591070

Sale

507

50.26 USD

50.26 USD

ADR - ISIN US7802592060

Purchase

10

50.03 USD

50.03 USD

ADR - ISIN US7802592060

Sale

1,207

50.086 USD

50.27 USD

(b)

Cash-settled derivative transactions

Class of relevant security

Product description e.g. CFD

Nature of dealing e.g. opening/closing a long/short position, increasing/reducing a long/short position

Number of reference securities

Price per unit

ADR - ISIN US7802592060

Swaps

Long

800

50.086 USD

(c)

Stock-settled derivative transactions (including options)

(i)

Writing, selling, purchasing or varying

Class of relevant security

Product description e.g. call option

Writing, purchasing, selling, varying etc.

Number of securities to which option relates

Exercise price per unit

Type e.g. American, European etc.

Expiry date

Option money paid/ received per unit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

(ii)

Exercise

Class of relevant security

Product description e.g. call option

Exercising/ exercised against

Number of securities

Exercise Price per unit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

(d)

Other dealings (including subscribing for new securities)

Class of relevant security

Nature of dealing e.g. subscription, conversion

Details

Price per unit (if applicable)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

4.

OTHER INFORMATION

(a)

Indemnity and other dealing arrangements

Details of any indemnity or option arrangement, or any agreement or understanding, formal or informal, relating to relevant securities which may be an inducement to deal or refrain from dealing entered into by the exempt principal trader making the disclosure and any party to the offer or any person acting in concert with a party to the offer: Irrevocable commitments and letters of intent should not be included. If there are no such agreements, arrangements or understandings, state "none"

None

(b)

Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives

Details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding, formal or informal, between the exempt principal trader making the disclosure and any other person relating to: (i) the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option; or (ii) The voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative is referenced: If there are no such agreements, arrangements or understandings, state "none"

None

(c)

Attachments

Is a Supplemental Form 8 (Open Positions) attached?

No

Date of disclosure:

14/09/2015

Contact name:

Kim Oakley

Telephone number:

0207 996 0275

Public disclosures under Rule 8 of the Code must be made to a Regulatory Information Service and must also be emailed to the Takeover Panel at monitoring@disclosure.org.uk. The Panel's Market Surveillance Unit is available for consultation in relation to the Code's dealing disclosure requirements on +44 (0)20 7638 0129. The Code can be viewed on the Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk.

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